Worldwide increase in attacks against corporate networks
The security researchers from Check Point Research (CPR) publish their annual comparison of virtual attacks . The data comes from our own ThreatCloud, which is networked worldwide.
Everywhere, the number of attacks on corporate networks increased sharply. In Germany by 62 percent, in Austria by 117 percent and in Switzerland by 65 percent. In terms of industries, software providers in Germany were under constant fire and recorded an increase of 331 percent compared to 2020. This is followed by utilities (i.e. KRITIS) with 274 percent and distributors and resellers with 269 percent. In fourth place are the ISP and MSP with 155 percent and in fifth place the authorities and the military with 116 percent. Europe as a region saw an increase of 68 percent of all virtual attacks – in percentage terms, this is the strongest compared to other areas.
Figure: Weekly attacks on average per region in the year-on-year comparison 2021 against 2020.
The security researchers saw a late peak in December because of the Log4J vulnerability, which affects almost every system in the world. Omer Dembinsky, Data Research Manager at Check Point , explaining this:
Omer Dembinsky, Data Research Manager at Check Point
“The number of cyber attacks peaked towards the end of the year, which is mainly due to attempts to exploit the LOG4J vulnerability. New penetration techniques and circumvention methods have made it much easier for hackers to carry out malicious intentions. It is particularly disturbing that some important social sectors are high on the list of the most frequently attacked areas. The education system, the authorities and the health care system have made it into the top 5 worldwide. I expect that all these figures will increase in 2022, as hackers will look for new methods of conducting attacks, in particular ransomware attacks. We are thus in a cyber pandemic, if you will. I recommend that the public, especially in the education, government and health sectors, familiarize themselves with the basics of their own IT protection. Various measures, such as the installation of patches, the segmentation of networks and the training of employees, can already make the networks much more secure.“